, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday asked Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and his Trans-nzoia counterpart Patrick Khaemba to lead the way in signing agreements for the new Sh38 billion medical equipment programme.
He told the two governors to their faces to break the current grandstanding by showing other County chiefs the way forward so that Kenyans can start enjoying the benefits of the medical equipment procured by the National government but supposed to be managed by the devolved governments.
The medical equipment was procured under the Managed Equipment Service Programme (MESP) but since President Kenyatta launched the programme last week, the governors have declined to sign the necessary agreements on the grounds that they were not consulted.
The new medical equipment are aimed at providing specialised healthcare through an innovative project where manufacturers install and manage modern machines in Kenyan hospitals across the country.
Under this project, every county is supposed to have two hospitals fully equipped with state of the art facilities
The project will provide each of the selected hospitals with modern theatre equipment, surgical and sterilisation equipment, laboratory equipment, kidney dialysis equipment, ICU facilities, digital X-ray machines, ultrasound and imaging equipment.
The Head of State said it was wrong for the governors to continue criticising the National government on whether they were consulted or not even as Kenyans continued suffering from chronic diseases like cancer.
President Kenyatta challenged the governors to tell Kenyans what they have done for the people and stop perennial criticism of the his administration.